Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in Indianapolis. To help you find the best Bars located near you in Indianapolis, we put together our own list based on this rating points list
Indianapolis’ Best Bars:
The top rated Bars in Indianapolis are:
- Tappers Arcade Bar – is the original arcade bar
- Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge – offers a unique experience in the city
- Bakersfield Mass Ave – has a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys
- 1933 Lounge – offers St. Elmo’s classic and world-famous shrimp cocktails
- Wiseguy Lounge – Mass Ave – has more than 250 bourbons to choose from
Tappers Arcade Bar
Tappers Arcade Bar is the original arcade bar, locally owned and operated since 2016. Conveniently situated less than a mile from the city center in Historic Fletcher Place. Tappers focus on regional craft beer with rotating craft cocktails and offers free-to-play video arcade games and pinball. Tappers are a great place to come alone, or with a large group. With 25 games, Tappers has the largest selection of pinball machines in Indianapolis.
They maintain a fresh selection of local/regional craft beer that is broad enough to satisfy most palates. Its draft list is constantly changing, and because of this, they aren’t able to provide an up to date list. Now, they have had over 1,500 unique craft beers on draft.
Arcade Games, Pinball, Drafts, Cocktails, Events
“So happy to find this place on my visit to Indy! Great selection of arcade and well-maintained pinball machines with craft beer to boot! Thanks for a great time!” – Chris K.
Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge
Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge offers a unique experience in the city, catering to those looking for an intimate evening or the perfect atmosphere for a social night out downtown. Unlike noisy nightclubs, at Nicky Blaine’s you can actually hear yourself having a great time with your friends and colleagues. Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge provides menus featuring a wide array of delicious cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, delectable food, and exquisite cigars for every taste. Explore their offerings and find your flavor.
Cocktail, Wine & Beer, Cigar, Food
“Spacious space with leather seats aplenty. Inviting and nice staff. Great cigar selection. Convenient to all things downtown.” – Jack H.
Bakersfield Mass Ave
Bakersfield Mass Ave is serving up authentic, Mexican street fare, and a selection of more than 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Bakersfield is a place where the food is simple, the service is warm and the ambiance is alive. Host your event at Bakersfield and treat your guests to a memorable experience. With a warm atmosphere, shareable food, and over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys, it guarantees party success. Their catering menu is the same no matter where you are, but each location has unique attributes.
Bars, Catering, Private Events
“Good food and drinks. I would recommend trying the pineapple margarita. The tacos were flavorful but the portions were much smaller than expected. House-made salsa is fresh and delicious and the loaded queso is a good accompaniment to fill you up when the tacos leave you wanting more.” – Anisha
1933 Lounge is founded when the 2nd floor above the famous St. Elmo Steak House was transformed into a speakeasy-style lounge in 2011. In 2019, the concept expanded and opened a second location in The Yard at Fishers District in Fishers, IN. Both locations serve St. Elmo’s classic cocktails and world-famous shrimp cocktail and the Fishers’ location offer a full lunch and dinner menu. Enjoy evening cocktails and appetizers including the World famous shrimp cocktail and an expanded bar menu.
Elmo Cola, St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, Filet Slider, Bourbon
“Fun atmosphere, great service, and terrific food! The brie sliders and oysters Rockefeller were amazing!” – Elizabeth G.
Wiseguy Lounge – Mass Ave
Wiseguy Lounge – Mass Ave embodies the energy and ambiance of the 1920s with a modern twist. Not in plain sight, but when found, you will experience calm low lighting, dark reclaimed wood, rich leather sofas, elite bourbons, craft cocktails, and knowledgeable well-dressed bartenders that can create any cocktail to satisfy your cravings. With more than 250 bourbons to choose from, including hand-selected single barrel picks, they think you will find at least one to your liking.
Its unique, hand-crafted cocktails are created by their bartenders and vary seasonally with each location. Their rotating taps include many of the major go-to beers, as well as craft beers from smaller and local breweries.
Bourbon, Cocktails, Beers
“Best bar in Indy. I shouldn’t tell you that though because now you’re going to steal my seat.” – Pat G.
Shera Elliott graduated from the New Mexico State University with a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior & Health Care Management. Shera grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to Las Cruces for college. Shera has written for several major publications including the Albuquerque Journal and NPR. Shera is a community reporter and also covers stories important important to all Americans.